Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
May 25 — Mike Moore and Ronnie Fair each pitched three innings of no-hit ball as Brown Shoe beat Reelfoot 11-0 in Union City Little League action. At the plate, Fair tripled, doubled and singled, while Moore and Denver Whitby each ripped a double.
May 26 — Union City High School junior Tammy Critchfield, fresh off a state championship in the 300 hurdles a week earlier, placed second in the state pentathlon in Nashville. Critchfield ran the 800 meters in 2:27.8 and had a career-best leap of four feet, 10 inches in the high jump to highlight her effort. Finishing with 3815 points, she ran the 300 hurdles in 15.8 seconds, threw the shot put 28 feet, eight inches and kicked up sand at 15 feet, three inches in the long jump.
20 Years Ago
May 26 — Union City High School senior quarterback Marcus Lewis was presented his District 13AA Football Player of the Year award by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association. Lewis, a Vanderbilt signee, led the Golden Tornadoes to back-to-back state playoff appearances as a junior and senior, including a 10-0 regular season record this past season. He threw for over 1,000 yards and rushed for more than 400 more, scoring 60 points.
May 28 — Leigh Ann Reeder and Latoya Jones were both 3-for-3 with a double and triple as Fantastic Sams defeated Jim Stone 8-3 in Kiwanis Softball Middle League play. Jenny Fowlkes and Jackie Tuck had two hits apiece for Stone.
10 Years Ago
May 23 — Obion County Central High School held its year-ending awards banquet for the baseball and softball teams. Picking up baseball awards were Chris Chism, Cory Workman, Kyle Ross, Jacob McKinnis, Matt Sparkman and Scott Bruce. Lady Rebels lauded for their play in softball were Kristi Roberson, Bobbie Lee Hall and Colby McGee.
May 23 — Union City’s Kelli Maddox placed seventh overall in the shot put event of the TSSAA Class A-AA Girls’ State Track Meet. Maddox, a junior making her first state trip, had a throw of 32 feet, three inches.
5 Years Ago
May 26 — Union City senior Nik Brooks placed third overall in the high jump event at the Class A-AA Boys State Track Meet. Brooks cleared the bar at six feet, two inches and was nearly good on the 6-4 height but clipped the bar with his foot. Tony Wilkins placed ninth in the event with a height of six feet.
May 28 — Obion County Central handed out its softball awards for the 2008 season. Among those earning individual recognition were Erin Bing, Kacee Eaves, Leisel Grossner, Emily Taylor, Lauren Robertson and Kirstie Thetford.
1 Year Ago
May 25 — Jasmine Dysart topped Union City’s three-person contingent in the TSSAA Class A-AA Girls’ State Track Meet in Murfreesboro. Dysart was third in the shot put with a a throw of 33 feet. Jackie Hudson was seventh in both the shot (30-11) and discus (86-1), while Xavier Gilliam placed eighth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.61 seconds. Meanwhile, at the tennis venue of the Spring Fling, the Lady Twister doubles team of senior Anna Moore and freshman Maddie King dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision to CAK’s Barbra Smith and Haleigh Chastain in the girls’ state doubles quarterfinals.
May 28 — DeAndrez Williams was Union City’s only participant in the A-AA Boys’ State Track Meet and made the appearannce a good one with a third-place finish in the 4000-meter run. Williams ran the event in 49.91 seconds.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.13